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Year 2

Welcome to Year Two

Teacher: Miss Paterson

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Singh

Welcome to Year 2

Hello, Year 2! A warm welcome to our Year 2 class page. We hope you are ready for lots of fun learning and hard work. Our topics this year are: Kings and Queens, The Great Fire of London, Planet Earth, Life In Kenya and They Made A Difference.


Please revisit this page throughout the year for regular updates, useful links and important information. You can also see all of your fantastic learning being celebrated on here! 


In Spring Term, our topic has a Geography focus: Planet Earth.

Our Learning

Planet Earth

RE - 'Books'

Computing - iAnimate

In this unit, Year 2 are working towards creating their own stop-frame animation. They have been exploring how animations are created and discussing examples of popular animations. They have also experimented with this by creating their own flipbook. This has helped them to deepen their understanding of how animations are created by displaying a series of still images very quickly, making it look like they are moving. 

Music - 'On This Island: British Songs and Sounds'

In our new unit ('On This Island': British Songs and Sounds) we learnt about the inter-related dimensions of music and how they underpin everything we do in Music:

  • Duration
  • Dynamics
  • Pitch
  • Structure
  • Tempo
  • Texture
  • Timbre

We began the topic by learning some traditional British folk songs such as 'My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean', 'Lavender's Blue' and 'London Bridge Is Falling Down'. Then, we explored the sounds we might hear at the British seaside, using our voices and bodies to create a seaside soundscape.

The Great Fire of London

Year 2 have been learning all about the Great Fire of London. They have also been learning about what life was like in 1666. As well as this, they have been learning about how and why the fire started, why is spread so quickly and how life changed as a result of the fire.

Our immersive classroom...

History in Year 2

We have been learning about Fitness in PE. We have been practicing star jumps, tuck jumps, heel flicks, lunges and sit ups.

Year 2 have been learning about how to add two 2-digit numbers with and without regrouping.

Literacy in Year 2

Year 2 and 3 were lucky to take part in a Fire Safety talk, learning all about how to keep safe in the event of a fire. This supplemented our learning about the 'Great Fire of London' well as it showed the differences between our fire safety today compared to fire safety in 1666.

The children in Year 2 learnt about the significance of Remembrance Day and wrote acrostic poems to celebrate the many brave soldiers who have fought in wars.

DT - Mechanisms: Levers and Sliders

In DT, Year 2 have been learning about Mechanisms. They are working towards making a moving storybook all about the Great Fire of London. They have been experimenting with using sliders and levers.


'Kings and Queens'

Collective Worship in Year 2

Year 2 linked their Collective Worship to their topic of 'Beginnings', celebrating the new beginnings in the world. For example, we discussed the Story of Creation or Jesus' birth as a beginning. We also talked about beginnings in our own lives, such as starting a new school/year group, moving house or getting a new baby brother or sister. We discussed the fact that new beginnings can be easy and exciting but they can also be difficult and scary sometimes. However, despite this, God is always there for us, watching over us and protecting us.

Autumn 1: What learning adventures have we gone on this half term?

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Check out this video displaying lots of the amazing learning we have been doing in Autumn Term 1!

Black History Month - Marcus Rashford

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Say Hello To Our Historical Figures!

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Important Information:


 Homework is due in every EVERY FRIDAY. Homework will usually consist of spellings, time tables practice, and either a SPaG, Maths or Reading Comprehension task. This must be completed on time please.


 There will be a spelling test EVERY THURSDAY and a times table test EVERY FRIDAY


 PE is on TUESDAYS this half term but we advise you to leave your PE kits in school all week as we may do PE more than once.


 Make sure you read every day in order to improve your reading skills and win prizes! Reading records will be collected and checked at the end of every week but please make sure you bring your reading book and reading record to school every day as we will be reading with you 1:1 regularly.


Any questions, please just ask.

Don't forget our 'This Is Me' statements...

At St Francis Xavier, we love to read!

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